Evening Meditation 12-31-16


Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
    turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
    a wind sent by the angel of the Lord.
Make their path dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
    I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
So let sudden ruin come upon them!
    Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
    Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.

Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
    I will be glad because he rescues me.
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
    Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
    Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

Malicious witnesses testify against me.
    They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good.
    I am sick with despair.
13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
    I denied myself by fasting for them,
    but my prayers returned unanswered. Psalm 35:4-13

Who do you think David is thinking of as he writes these words? Speak to me about the conflicting emotions he is feeling in this Psalm? Have you ever been this conflicted?

14 thoughts on “Evening Meditation 12-31-16

  1. I’m relieved to read David’s turmoil’d writings–sometimes my thoughts, prayers spin like a cyclone due to my emotions. I have wanted revenge…now I’ve modified that to a desire for Justice (yes, with a Big J). I have felt so ‘done-in’ and been achingly grateful that God rescues me time and time again. And I’ve quite recently been so discouraged that my prayers for my neighbors seem to have been for nought…but maybe I’ve planted seeds. Happy Blessed New Year, dear Pastor J–I’m so grateful to have you as my brother ❤

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